We will never know if the work of various journalists at places like the BBC’s Panorama and Channel 4’s current affairs department made the difference. It was judges not a jury that made the decision so I doubt they were swayed directly by the media itself. But for the appeal to have taken place and the evidence to be gathered was at least in part down to the media campaign.
There was some tremendous journalism involved and it is a credit to the bosses who backed the investigations. George is an extremely unattractive person to campaign for and Jill Dando was a much-loved TV presenter. For once ‘trial by media’ is a virtue.